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Harrison Central mourns student, classmate

Updated: Tuesday, March 25 2014, 12:28 PM EDT
CADIZ, Ohio – The Harrison Central High School community is in mourning Tuesday after a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred at 6:35 p.m. Monday on County Road 13 in Archer Township in Harrison County claimed the life of one 16-year-old student and seriously injured another.
Taylor J. Dowdle, 16, of 911 E. Market Street in Cadiz, was driving a 2006 Kia Sorento. The passenger was classmate Jasmine Lynn Alexia Evans, 16, of 228 W. Warren Street in Cadiz.
Dowdle was pronounced dead at the scene, and Evans was Life-Flighted to UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital where she’s listed in stable condition.
At Harrison Central on Tuesday, Principal Brent Ripley issued a statement that read: “Harrison Central Jr./Sr. High School family sends out its deepest sympathies to the family of Taylor Dowdle. Taylor was one of Harrison Central’s finest always striving to do her best and willing to help others in need. The staff at Harrison Central is doing everything possible to help students cope with the untimely passing of Taylor. Classmates are being encouraged to write a letter to the parents of their favorite memory of Taylor. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dowdle family in their time of grief.  Harrison Central will miss Taylor dearly.  
“This morning the entire staff met in preparation of student arrival to school.  Extra counselors have also been brought in to the school and students were encouraged to utilize the counseling throughout the school day.”
The investigation is pending; however speed does appear to have been a contributing factor in the crash.
“Any time you have a fatal accident, it’s a tragedy,” said Lt. Joe Fetty of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Especially in this case, where you have a young person who just obtained their driver’s license. (These cases) are hard to work though.”

Fetty said a reconstructionist is currently working on this investigation, and it may be a week or so until they know the exact cause of the crash.  

Harrison Central mourns student, classmate

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